Vic­tim stabbed to death as she was on phone to force Wo­man rang three times to re­port threat be­fore at­tack that killed her and mother

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Jeanette Old­ham In­ves­ti­ga­tions Edi­tor

ADAUGHTER fa­tally stabbed along with her mother was on the phone to po­lice as their at­tacker struck.

Syr­ian-born Ra­neem Oudeh and mother Khaola Saleem had called po­lice a num­ber of times in the hours be­fore her death, al­leg­ing she had been threat­ened by her ex-hus­band.

Ra­neem, aged 22, and 49-year-old Khaola were knifed in the early hours of Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day out­side Khaola’s home on quiet res­i­den­tial street in Soli­hull.

The killer, who is still at large, is be­lieved to have stabbed Miss Oudeh first be­fore at­tack­ing her mother, who has five other chil­dren.

Ra­neem col­lapsed to the ground and at­tempted to get up again. The at­tacker then fled in a ve­hi­cle, be­lieved to be a van.

Po­lice ar­rived at the scene in North­down Road shortly af­ter 12.30am, but noth­ing could be done to save the women.

Miss Oudeh called for help from the po­lice to al­lege she had been threat­ened by her ex, Jan­baz Tarin, but sources pre­vi­ously claimed call han­dlers as­signed the case to a ‘di­ary car’.

This meant the force did not im­me­di­ately send an of­fi­cer out to see the Syr­ian-born vic­tim.

It is un­der­stood Ra­neem first rang on Sun­day while she was at work and said she had been threat­ened.

She then rang again be­fore she left work for the day to say she had heard noth­ing back.

She called for the third time once she ar­rived home. The at­tacker struck shortly af­ter mid­night.

West Mid­lands Po­lice said in a state­ment : “There were a num­ber of calls from Miss Oudeh to po­lice on Sun­day even­ing and we tried to phys­i­cally lo­cate her but were un­suc­cess­ful. Con­tact was be­ing made to ar­range to see Miss Oudeh and it was dur­ing this con­ver­sa­tion that the sit­u­a­tion quickly es­ca­lated and the call han­dler im­me­di­ately dis­patched of­fi­cers to the lo­ca­tion in North­down Road where they ar­rived within min­utes.”

Po­lice also re­vealed they be­lieve they have re­cov­ered the mur­der weapon. The case has been re­ferred to the watch­dog, the In­de­pen­dent Of­fice for Po­lice Con­duct, be­cause of the con­tact with the fam­ily be­fore the dou­ble killing.

It is un­der­stood that Ra­neem and the sus­pect were mar­ried un­der lslamic law. The 21-yearold shop­keeper, an Afghan na­tional, re­mained at large as the Post went to press.

Of­fi­cers have searched sev­eral ad­dresses in Birm­ing­ham which are linked to Tarin. They have seized com­puter equip­ment and mo­bile phones for anal­y­sis.

Both mother and daugh­ter were ma­ture stu­dents at Soli­hull Col­lege and Univer­sity Cen­tre, study­ing to im­prove their English.

The col­lege paid trib­ute to the two former stu­dents from their English for Speak­ers of Other Lan­guages depart­ment (ESOL).

Ms Saleem stud­ied part-time while work­ing and rais­ing her fam­ily, they re­vealed.

They added that Ra­neem was “car­ing”, “hard­work­ing” and will be greatly missed.

De­tec­tive Insp Caro­line Cor­field, who is lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said the force had re­ceived dozens of calls from mem­bers of the pub­lic pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion and po­ten­tial sight­ings. She also warned that anyone har­bour­ing the mur­der sus­pect faces be­ing jailed and there is now a £5,000 re­ward for his ar­rest.

DI Cor­field said: “This is a shock­ing, tragic case in which a young mum, who has a twoyear-old son, and her mother have both been mur­dered in cold blood. We need to trace the man re­spon­si­ble... he de­serves no pro­tec­tion and anyone who may be shield­ing him through a sense of mis­guided loy­alty needs to know they are com­mit­ting an of­fence and will be pros­e­cuted un­less they come for­ward.”

> Ra­neem Oudeh was be­lieved to have been on the phone to po­lice as her at­tacker struck

> Jan­baz Tarin, left, and Khaola Saleem, right, who died

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